Sexual safety on mental health wards

Care Quality Commission, September 2018

Care Quality Commission report based on an analysis of nearly 60,000 reports that found 1,120 sexual incidents involving patients, staff, visitors and others described in 919 reports – some of which included multiple incidents. More than a third of the incidents (457) could be categorised as sexual assault or sexual harassment of patients or staff.  Providers and people who use services told the CQC:

  1. People who use services do not always feel that they are kept safe from unwanted sexual behaviour
  2. Clinical leaders of mental health services do not always know what is good practice in promoting the sexual safety of people using the service and of their staff
  3. Many staff do not have the skills to promote sexual safety or to respond appropriately to incidents
  4. The ward environment does not always promote the sexual safety of people using the service
  5. Staff may under-report incidents and reports may not reflect the true impact on the person who is affected
  6. Joint-working with other agencies such as the police does not always work well in practice

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A Trauma-informed Health and Care Approach for responding to Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation: Current knowledge report

Department of Health and Social Care, May 2018

This report sets out current knowledge on trauma-informed care approaches to child sexual abuse and child sexual exploitation. It includes personal case studies and recommendations for a trusted relationship model.

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Unprotected, Overprotected: meeting the needs of young people with learning disabilities who experience, or are at risk of sexual exploitation

BILD, September 2015

Children with learning disabilities are more vulnerable to Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) than other children, facing additional barriers to their protection and to receiving support, new research has revealed.

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Child Sexual Exploitation: Improving Recognition and Response in Health Settings

Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, 20 November 2014

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges is publishing new guidance to doctors and other health professionals designed to help them spot the possible warning signs of child sexual exploitation and refer those concerns to helping services quickly and effectively.

The new report, which has been drafted by a range of medical, health, academic and third sector groups, sets out a series of recommendations aimed at improving clinicians’ awareness of the issue and calls for medical Royal Colleges and Faculties to ensure that doctors receive training in this area. The report, which was commissioned in 2013 following discussions with the Department of Health, is released at a time of mounting concern about the scale and the extent of the problem following a series of shocking revelations emerging from Rotherham and elsewhere.

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